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Cherry-Merlot Granita

Oxmoor House
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 1/3 cup)
Orange rind, orange juice, sweet cherries, and merlot are sweetened with a simple syrup and then frozen to make this Cherry-Merlot Granita.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 large navel orange
  • 1 cup frozen pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1 cup merlot

Nutrition Information

  • calories 70
  • fat 0.3 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.3 g
  • carbohydrate 11.9 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 1 mg
  • calcium 8 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in ice cubes.

  2. While sugar mixture comes to a boil, grate rind, and squeeze juice from orange to measure 1 tablespoon and 1/2 cup, respectively.

  3. Place cherries and sugar mixture in a blender; process for 1 minute or until pureed, stopping as necessary to scrape sides. Stir in rind, juice, and 1 cup merlot; pour into an 8-inch square pan. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or until firm.

  4. Remove mixture from freezer; scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy.